Scathing Book Reviews of The Bridges of Madison County, by Robert James Waller

The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller is so emblematic of the 1990s that in a “The Simpsons” flashback episode to the early 90s, Homer is seen reading a copy with a tear in his eye. It’s definitely a love it or hate it book, with equal numbers of 5 and 1 star reviews. It certainly tore up the best seller lists back then – these reviews make it clear that some would prefer to jump off a bridge before rereading it:

I despised this book; it is poorly written, with cardboard characters and wooden dialogue, and its only virtue is its brevity

…and:

This is a terrible book. An insulting book. A dangerous book. It is so bad, so BAD. that it should have been sealed in foil like that dirty book Madonna put out a few years ago that showed pictures of her doing, uh, stuff.

…and:

So why is this book so bad? You might as well ask, why is the ocean so wet?

…and:

If you enjoy reading Harlequin Romances while listening to “You Light Up My Life” played on a Hammond organ, then “Bridges” might be for you.

…and:

I don’t mean to sound insensitive, but if this book were a horse, I’d have to shoot it.

…and:

Pungent Piles of Purple Prose! Pulsing Pangs of Poignant Pain! Perverted Peek at Porno Past!

…and:

This book is essentially worthless drivel. “He moves like a gazelle…” ?!? Is the author serious?

…and:

It was so sappy and stupid, it should be sold with a supply of Dramamine.

…and short and sweet:

Don’t bother. Your time would be better spent watching All My Children.

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